SAFETY & SCIENCE
The 5th amendment to the Cosmetic Directive states that the manufacturer should adhere to requirements that the producer should provide product information. The products available on market should provide a wide span, from exclusive fine fragrances to a greater variety of branded and private label cosmetics and toiletries for the mass market. Moreover, the happening has to respond to rapid changes in science and fashion.
Colipa additionally gives background information and advice to the industry on how to meet the product information required. The document provides guidance on how the industry meets this requirement in the most flexible way by providing coherent and professional support for products on market.
Safety also requires that the product does not cause damage to human health and in particular, the product's presentation, labeling, and should provide any instructions or indications and information from the manufacturer or other personnel responsible for placing the product on the community market. Additionally, the legislation stipulates that information about the product must be in a language that the user understands and which is comprehensive.
The law further stipulates that qualitative and quantitative composition of the product in perfumes, the name and code number of the composition and the identity of the supplier must be provided. The manufacturer must name the raw materials used, the name, the composition, and identity of the supplier must be provided.
Science also dictates that the physic-chemical and microbiological specifications of raw materials and finished products and the purity and microbiological control of the cosmetic product must be provided. Each raw material used must be described with relevant information such as chemical name, formula or description, physic-chemical and/or organoleptic properties must be provided.
The method of manufacture should comply with the good manufacturing practice stipulated by the community law and that importers and manufacturer must possess an appropriate level of qualifications in accordance with the legislation and practice of the Member state. As such the manufacturer should provide storage, filling and applicable requirements fulfilled in the manufacturer of the product. Generally, manufacture, package, and storage of cosmetic products must be carried out according to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Moreover, internationally or nationally standards and codes must be met for release of specific products
Safety of products requires that manufacturer must consider toxicology profile of the ingredients, chemical structure and the level of exposure. Moreover, safety assessment the product should be carried out in accordance with the principle of good laboratory practice stipulated in Council Directive 87/18/EEC of Dec 18, 1986, on the harmonization laws, regulations and administrative provisions related to good laboratory practice and verification of their application for test on chemical substances. The safety assessor should, therefore, provide information on raw materials, product experience, and exposure among others that are significant to assure the safety of the product. Moreover, the assessment must be provided by a qualified person with a diploma in the scientific background in pharmacy, toxicology, dermatology, medicine or a similar field. The safety assessor can be an employee or a consultant who needs not be based within the EU.